William C. Korthals, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life and private inurnment will be scheduled for a later date. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel will be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the William C. Korthals Memorial Fund.
William was born on March 22, 1934, the son of William F. and Kathryn (Douglas) Korthals, in Geneseo. He graduated from Geneseo High School. He married Patricia Anderson on November 16, 1952. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2018. Together they were the proud parents of four daughters and two sons. William was an operator at Cleveland Quarry. In his youth, he enjoyed coon hunting and deer hunting. As he grew older, he enjoyed raising livestock on his farm and always had a faithful dog by his side.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving daughters, Donna (Patrick) Patten, Auburn, CA, and Beverly (Scott) Nelson, Atkinson; son, Robert Korthals, Geneseo; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Jennifer) and Timothy Sawyer, Jennifer (Michael) Cottrell, Izaak (Allison)Patten, Elizabeth and Sarah Korthals, and Seth Nelson; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Blair, Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Patricia, two daughters, Gloria Rhodes and Trisha Edwards, son, Kenneth C. Korthals, brother, James G. Korthals, and sister, Betty L. Korthals.